14th Jan 2021

Preview of entries for Tuesday’s Race Meeting


Leading National Hunt trainers have made 13 initial entries for the £13,400 feature on Tuesday’s Fakenham race card, the Brisley Novice Handicap Chase over three miles.

Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson, Evan Williams, Richard Newland, Peter Bowen and Jonjo O’Neill are among those who have horses entered in the 2.25pm highlight of the seven-race meeting.

Champion trainer Nicholls has grey gelding Zyon potentially making his chasing debut after a recent Wincanton success over hurdles while Henderson has entered both Haul Away, for what would be his third chase, and Corrany, who unseated his rider on chase debut at Doncaster in November.

Welsh Grand National winning trainer Williams also has two entries, in Present Value and Supreme Escape, the latter a last time out winner at Chepstow in only his second chase.

Dr Newland may saddle Minella Encore, the nine-year-old second at Kelso in his second chase in December, and who has since undergone wind surgery, while Gary Moore has Full Back, a recent Plumpton scorer, in the initial line-up.

Course and distance winner in December, Sawpit Sienna, is entered in the opening 12.55pm Pudding Norton Novice Hurdle with Robert Dunne booked to ride for trainer Sam Drinkwater while in the same race, Exeter winner Sandymount Rose is among the entries, for Neil Mulholland.

There are 16 entries for the 1.25pm Shereford Novice Chase with eyes drawn to the Nick Littmoden trained Captain Speaking. The six-year-old won over course and distance in November, completing a hat-trick of victories following earlier efforts at Plumpton and Uttoxeter.

Nigel Twiston-Davies is no stranger to Fakenham success and his eight-year-old gelding Supakalanistic is among the 18 entered for the 1.55pm Little Snoring Hurdle. The gelding won over hurdles at Kempton in November and then finished second recently on the all-weather flat course at the same venue.

Henderson has two entries among the 14 for the 2.55pm Toftrees Mares’ Maiden Hurdle. Ahorsewithnoname was runner-up on hurdling debut at Newbury in November, while Lilly Pedlar was also runner-up, at Taunton, on her debut in December.

Last time winners Eurkash and Go As You Please are both entered in the 3.25pm Colkirk Chase by trainer Paul Webber while there are 16 initial entries for the finale, the 3.55pm Coxford Mares’ Hurdle. They include Tim Vaughan’s recent Cheltenham winner Madera Mist.

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